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|About||Free Association, Inc., is a non-profit organization that provides an alternative to conventional psychoanalytic training in the Bay Area.|
Free Association, Inc., is a non-profit organization founded in 1988 by Dr. Michael Guy Thompson and colleagues who were affiliated with R. D. Laing in London to provide an alternative to conventional psychoanalytic training in the San Francisco Bay Area. Its mission is to further the dissemination of psychoanalytic ideas; to integrate the technique of psychoanalytic practice into an existential-phenomenological perspective; to further the use of psychotherapy and psychoanalysis with psychotic process, in particular schizophrenia; to organize lectures, seminars, conferences, symposia, and other educational programs to further these ends.
Free Association questions whether the medical model, upon which clinical psychology is based, is a desirable foundation for cultivating a genuinely interpersonal perspective, free of the diagnostic conventions that inform contemporary clinical practice. We situate psychoanalysis in a more philosophical frame of reference, emphasizing a predominantly existential sensibility that is free of the prevailing dogmatism that characterizes institutional psychoanalysis. This foundation may, in turn, help students make sense of the ever-changing plethora of treatment strategies that pervade the mental health professions.